Drake had an important message to deliver to his fellow artists, but the Recording Academy did not seem entirely interested.
The Canadian hip-hop artist won the Grammy Award on Sunday for Best Rap Song for “God’s Plan”, beating out Travis Scott’s “SICKO MODE”, Jay Rock’s “King’s Dead” and “WIN”, and Eminem’s “Lucky You”.
Drizzy took to the podium to deliver his awards speech. “We play in an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport,” he explained. “The point is, you’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your hometown…”
“Look, if there are people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain and snow, spending money to buy tickets to your shows, you don’t need this right here,” he continued. “You already won.”
Suddenly, Drake’s microphone was cut off in the arena and on the telecast. Viewers bolted to Twitter to express their shock over what some perceived to be censorship.
According to The Hollywood Reporter Drake was asked backstage if he’d like to go back on stage to finish his speech, but he declined saying he was “happy” with what he said and had “nothing else to add.”
Variety then published the full statement from a GRAMMYs rep, which read: “During Drake’s speech, there was a natural pause and at that moment the producers did assume that he was done and then cut to commercial.”
Sunshine Sachs’ Michael Samonte continued, “However the producers did speak with Drake following his speech and did offer him to come back on stage to finish whatever his thoughts were. But Drake said he was happy with what he said and didn’t have anything to add.”
Drake had been offered a slot to perform at this year’s Grammys, but he declined.